The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest Reviews

The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

  • National Geographic

Since publishing his bestselling The Blue Zones, longevity expert and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has discovered a new Blue Zone and launched a major public health initiative to transform cities based on principles from this book. The Blue Zones, Second Edition is completely updated and expands his bestselling classic on longevity, drawing on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities–Blue Zones–around the globe to highlight the lifestyle, diet, outlook, and stress-

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  1. Lisa Marie says:
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Create Your Own Blue Zone!, May 5, 2015
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    Lisa Marie (NV USA) –

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    This review is from: The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest (Paperback)
    This is a fabulous book! Sadly, full of things I already knew. And missing some key points. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to live longer. Avoid fad diets and just be happier and healthier. While some people have complained about the author’s descriptive sense and demanded he just get to the point, that would make for a seriously boring book. He gently nudges us along in really knowing the people he interviews, the places he’s been and the people he works with. Now, the places the book fails. While he does mention the fact that all of these people are growing their own veggies which means no pesticides, there is no big banner warning about the pesticides in store-bought veggies. People think “organic” means pesticide free. It does not. Even my favorite whole food chef says there’s no need to wash organic veggies. Not true. There are still pesticides. The author also makes a repeated point about the benefits of soy – without ever mentioning the problem with our GMO soy. Unless you are buying CERTIFIED non-GMO soy, then don’t bother! Whole wheat bread is the food of life. Well, not with all the glyphosate it’s doused in. Which now has a definitive link to autism. Again, even organic isn’t going to be herbicide free. Don’t make the mistake of thinking everything from Whole Foods or Sprouts is super healthy. Both stores really cheap out on their own store brands. If it’s not marked organic, then it is not. Here in Las Vegas, our local Smith’s has significantly more organic produce and certified non-gmo foods than either Whole Foods or Sprouts. AND, it’s cheaper!!

    The author also states that solitude shortens one’s life. Which is a bogus claim. He disagrees that being a workaholic shortens one’s life if one actually enjoys work. In the same manner, there are many who enjoy solitude. Historically, there are a number of solitary religious who were centenarians.

    The author gives excellent tips on how to create your own Blue Zone. Get involved! Make the connection! Find some joy!

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  2. Em Zebra says:
    90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Highly recommend it., December 11, 2012
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    Em Zebra (MN USA) –

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    This review is from: The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest (Paperback)
    I read the first edition, and was hesitant to read this edition, thinking it would be pretty much the same. But it goes deeper into the subject and it was worth the read.
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  3. Allen A. Bauer says:
    249 of 261 people found the following review helpful
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    Inspired Me to Take a Vacation in a Blue Zone, January 25, 2013
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    Allen A. Bauer (Bay City, Michigan) –

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    After learning about the Blue Zones I was inspired to book a vacation with my girlfriend to Ikaria Island in Greece. I have to say it was the one of the best experiences we ever had.

    I’ve read all the comments on here, and for those who keep complaining about it’s not scientific enough, well they just don’t get it and probably never will. The problem with most people is they want to know which foods to eat, which supplements to swallow and what kind of exercises to do at the gym and how often. As the author states it’s not about that. It’s a combination of many things and all about doing things naturally.

    Ikaria was the most laid back place I’ve ever been to. No one is in a hurry there and they have no concept of time. It took me a couple of days to adjust to it, but after working years at a job where your boss freaks out if you are 2 minutes late, it’s was a refreshing place. Plus visiting the historic sites, eating the food, interacting with the locals who live there, and visiting the thermal springs, was all refreshing. If there ever was a fountain of youth, this place was it. Everyone was so friendly and treated us like family. We went during the very end of the tourist season to get a better of idea of how the locals really are instead of having to deal with tourist. The wine is different than other wines, the honey is unique, the teas are unique. In fact everything about Ikaria is unique. It’s easy to make healthy choices since this place nudges you into them. Even the walks don’t seem like exercise because the scenery is so beautiful. Even getting to the beaches at many places requires a climb down the rocks.

    My point is the author wrote the perfect book in the perfect way. I didn’t want to read some dry boring book about scientific charts and numbers. The author writes from an explorer’s point of view and there is no better way to put the points across. So open your mind and forgot your normal way of thinking. Or better yet, get off your butt and actually go visit a Blue Zone area like we did. You won’t regret it and the book will make even more sense to you after experiencing it yourself.

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